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Professional Engineering (MSc)

Course Description

This innovative and flexible part-time postgraduate degree allows you to gain a Masters qualification and progress towards Chartered Engineer (CEng) status through activities undertaken in the workplace. The course, which meets the academic requirements of CEng status, is available to those currently in employment and is ideal if you are seeking to further progress and develop in the profession.

With a strong emphasis on work-based learning, the course provides working professionals who cannot commit to full-time study, the opportunity to gain a professional qualification. As the course is delivered in this way, the content is directly relevant to you and your employer. You will also have access to all the facilities and services available at the University.

The degree is part of the Engineering Council’s Engineering Gateways initiative. To find out more, visit: http://www.engineeringgateways.co.uk

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/874-msc-professional-engineering

What you will study

Modules include:
- Professional Development Audit
- Learning Contract
- Existing and Emerging Technologies
- Engineering Analysis
- Project Management for Engineers
- Technical Communication Skills
- Professional Responsibilities
- Dissertation

Learning and teaching methods

At the beginning of the course, you will be assigned a mentor who will guide you through each module using work-related projects. A professional development review is undertaken to determine which professional competencies you have evidenced through previous projects, and which still need to be addressed.

Once these outstanding competencies have been identified, a learning contract is developed and agreed by you, your employer and the University. This contract is submitted to the relevant professional body for approval. Following approval, you will take a series of modules that address the professional competencies you wish to achieve. On completion of this taught element, you will also complete a dissertation.

You will be required to produce reports on the projects you have undertaken in the workplace, deliver a presentation, or participate in oral examinations. You may find you are already meeting the academic requirements as part of your job and your studies simply provide you with further focus and additional benefits..

Award Length:
The length of time it takes to complete the MSc Professional Engineering will varies depending on the individual student’s experience on entry. However, the average time taken is about three and a half years.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

The engineering gateways framework provides flexible work-based learning ‘escalator’ that allows progression to professional registration without the need to leave work, minimising the level of debt incurred and at the same time maximising employment and earnings prospects.

On graduating from this course you will be prepared for Professional Review for Chartered Status, and be well placed to progress in your chosen engineering career.

Assessment methods

Many modules are continually assessed while other modules are a mixture of continuous assessment and examination.

Visit the Professional Engineering (MSc) page on the University of South Wales website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have an accredited BEng Honours degree and be in relevant employment. Suitable applicants will then be invited for interview. Applicants who are IEng accredited or have completed an academic review by a professional body may also be considered.

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